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sensualmaninmn 59M  
202 posts
1/18/2020 6:56 am
And now, for something completely different!


Alright friends, finally a completely light-hearted post devoid of dramatic stories!

I love music, particularly classic top 40 radio hits of the 60s-80s. However, one song that makes dread the upcoming eight minutes is ushered in with the words, "Long Long Time Ago.." . In spite of a slightly disgruntled look that appears on my face, I almost never change the station.

I am still mesmerized the lyrics, even 48 after the song became a runaway hit. I listen, hoping that I missed some carefully hidden reference a musician, event, TV show, or....

sensualmaninmn 59M  
518 posts
1/18/2020 7:00 am

long long time ago
I can still remember how
That music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

So
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
Well, I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

Now, for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rolling stone
But, that's not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me
Oh and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned
And while Lennon read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died

Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance
'Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
'Cause fire is the devil's only friend
Oh and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan's spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play
And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

And they were singing
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die


ltrskr 72M  
4336 posts
1/18/2020 7:15 am

I have always been told it was about the day Buddy Holly died!?!?

Still a great song.......


mufdiver69er2 59M  
1335 posts
1/18/2020 7:22 am

when i hear it,i cringe for a different reason..it was the song we were made to sing in bootcamp while undergoing teargas exposure after removing masks...

woop woop


pocogato12 68F  
33740 posts
1/18/2020 7:44 am

McLean declined to explain the symbolism behind the many characters and events mentioned. However, the overall theme of the song is the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation as symbolized

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sensualmaninmn 59M  
518 posts
1/18/2020 7:58 am

    Quoting ltrskr:
    I have always been told it was about the day Buddy Holly died!?!?

    Still a great song.......
It is about Buddy Holly, and the loss of innocence in the years after his death

Now for 10 years we've been on our own....


sensualmaninmn 59M  
518 posts
1/18/2020 8:00 am

    Quoting  :

8:33 to be exact.


sensualmaninmn 59M  
518 posts
1/18/2020 8:04 am

    Quoting pocogato12:
    McLean declined to explain the symbolism behind the many characters and events mentioned. However, the overall theme of the song is the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation as symbolized
That was wise of McLean.. it keeps they mystery alive, plus many of the people reference in the song were still living in 1971 when it was recorded, and some (like Mick Jagger) are still around today. Can you imagine the blowback from Jagger on social media if he were publicly outed by DMcL as "Jack Flash"?


sensualmaninmn 59M  
518 posts
1/18/2020 8:12 am

Partial listing of commonly accepted references:

"Book of Love" refers to the song and musical styles prevalent during Buddy Holly's era.

"Rolling Stone". pretty obvious.

"Jester" Bob Dylan. Also referenced later in the song as being on the sidelines in a cast (1966 motorcycle accident)

"The King". Likely Elvis -- he was referred to as the "King of Rock & Roll" even when still living.

"The Quartet". Obviously the "Fab Four" Lennon reading a book of Marx kinda an instant giveaway.

Your turn...


SingleMaleSoCal 49M

1/18/2020 8:51 am

I have always been told it was about the day Buddy Holly died!?!?


jajo696 65F
2217 posts
1/19/2020 3:28 am

yep...i read years ago, that it was about the Day the Music Died.

I feel the same about Taxi ...." it was raining hard in Frisco "

have always loved that song , can hear it over n over as i think about what could have been ~~


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